Choreographer and dance artist Kyle Abraham makes his ASU debut with this interactive dance performance focusing on love and loving. 7 p.m. $20, adults; $10, students. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.
The Hit Men
Featuring legendary performers who toured and recorded with Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Tommy James and the Shondells, Carly Simon, Carole King, Elton John, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce and more, the group takes an unforgettable look back through rock ’n’ roll history with an evening of solid-gold hits. 8 p.m. $29-$59. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
LA Guitar Quartet
Phoenix Chamber Music Society hosts this Grammy Award-winning ensemble, which brings a new energy to the concert stage with programs ranging from bluegrass to Bach. 7:30 p.m. $45, adults; $10, students. Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley, phoenixchambermusicsociety.org, 602-252-0095.
April 1 (FREE)
Road to Country Thunder
The Harry Luge Band and other up-and-coming country artists share the stage at this pre-festival for Country Thunder. Food vendors, a beer garden and inflatables add to the fun. 5-11 p.m. Main and Sixth streets, Florence, florenceaz.gov, 520-868-7585.
Beethoven’s No. 9
Tito Muñoz conducts The Phoenix Symphony in Beethoven’s most celebrated masterpiece, featuring the famous “Ode to Joy” performed by the orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony Chorus and talented soloists. The program also includes three fiery and majestic works by Richard Wagner. Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
April 2 (FREE)
Arizona Winds presents this concert featuring many of the most memorable tunes from more than a century of Broadway musicals by composers Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne, Lerner and Loewe, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter and George Gershwin. 3 p.m. Cactus High School, 6330 W. Greenway Rd., Glendale, azwinds.com.
Playing old-time, string-band-style music as a backdrop, Alaska’s fiddling poet shares original poetry and tells stories, most often about his music or about Alaska. 3 p.m. $25. Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert, higleycenter.org, 480-279-7194.
A Night in Berlin
Slick, nostalgic and unmistakably modern, Max Raabe & Palast Orchester brings to life the songs and style of a bygone era, including timeless tunes by such legends as Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Fred Astaire. 7:30 p.m. $49-$79. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
April 2 (FREE)
MusicaNova presents this concert featuring music performed on ancient Chinese instruments dating back 8,000 years. 3 p.m. Scottsdale Presbyterian Church, 3421 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, musicanovaaz.com, 480-585-4485.
Concerts at MIM
This month’s concerts include Dick Dale, April 3; Aaron Neville Duo, April 10; David Lindley, April 18; Suzy Bogguss, April 19-20; Afro-Cuban All Stars, April 23; and Cherish the Ladies, April 29. Call for times and ticket prices. Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
Blending performance with lively commentary, renowned concert pianist Jeffrey Siegel offers witty insight into the lives of the great composers, explaining each work before performing it in its entirety. This month’s concert is A Few of Your Favorite Things, featuring treasured works of the pianist’s vast repertoire selected by the audience. 7:30 p.m. $29-$49. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Charles Lewis Legacy Quintet
Jazz in AZ hosts the Phoenix piano legend, performing with Frank Smith, saxophone and flute; Joe Corral, flute; Dwight Kilian, bass; and Dom Moio, drums. 7:30 p.m. $25-$36. Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, asukerr.com, 480-596-2660.
The alternative country band from Dallas takes the stage. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, livewireaz.com, 480-970-1112.
April 6 (FREE)
Sips & Sounds
The seven-piece band Marmalade Skies takes the stage, performing songs by The Beatles. 6-8 p.m. The Shops at Gainey Village, 8787 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, theshopsgaineyvillage.com.
Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett and Chris Young (pictured) headline this year’s outdoor music festival, which also welcomes Joe Nichols, Maddie & Tae, Jon Pardi, Tyler Farr, LoCash, Frankie Ballard and the Oak Ridge Boys to the stage. Call for times and ticket prices. Country Thunder West, 20585 E. Price (Station) Rd., Florence, countrythunder.com, 866-802-6418.
Bring Me the Horizon
The British rock band brings The American Nightmare Tour to the Valley, with Underoath and Beartooth as special guests. 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Gold Canyon Arts Council hosts this piano, oboe and bassoon ensemble. 7:30 p.m. $25, advance; $30, at the door; students, $5. Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 E. Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon, gcac1.com, 480-983-2171.
Using cell phones to vote, audience members help choose the fate of the hero in The Unpredictable Adventures of Henry Hicklebee. F, 7:30 p.m., Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale; and Sa, 7:30 p.m., Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 39806 N. Gavilan Pkwy., Anthem. Call for ticket prices, pmaz.org, 623-326-5172.
The Good Life Festival
Legends Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald bring their iconic sounds to the stage, including “I’m Alright,” “Danger Zone,” “Takin’ It to the Streets” and “What a Fool Believes.” Specialty shopping, wine and craft beer tastings, massage demos, local vendors and food trucks round out the fun. Noon-7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Encanterra, 36460 N. Encanterra Dr., San Tan Valley, thegoodlifefest.com, 480-677-8000.
April 8 (FREE)
Goodyear Lakeside Music Festival
This fourth annual event includes two stages of entertainment with multiple bands and solo artists, including Lane Change, Moonlight Howlers, Desert Knights, Sugar Thieves, Spooky Kool, James Reams & the Barnstormers and Screamin’ Javelinas. Noon-9 p.m. Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater, 10300 S. Estrella Pkwy., Goodyear, westvalleyarts.org.
A Night in the Ballpark
Disco funk group KC and the Sunshine Band perform all their hits, including “That’s the Way I Like It,” “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty” and “Get Down Tonight,” at this fundraiser for Tempe Diablos and Mesa HoHoKams. Boogie Nights is special guest. 7 p.m. $29.99; VIP, $200. Tempe Diablo Stadium, 2200 W. Alameda Dr., Tempe, go.ordermytix.com/event/ballpark.
Alone with his piano, the celebrated composer answers questions from the audience and shares his experiences traveling the globe, insight into his creative process, his understanding and interaction with cultures from around the world and his experience planning and performing in mega shows in some of the most revered places on Earth. 7:30 p.m. $40-$200. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Phoenix Lights Festival
Above & Beyond, Alesso, Tiësto, 21 Savage, Griz, Vince Staples, STS9 and Zeds Dead headline this two-day festival featuring dozens of bands. Noon-11 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix, phoenixlightsfest.com, 323-908-0607.
Classic Albums Live
Fans relive the glory days with David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The program includes an exact re-creation of the album followed by a second set of hits by the featured musicians. 7 p.m. $26-$38. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
Steven Moeckel in Recital
The Phoenix Symphony concludes its chamber series with Moeckel performing on his 1840 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin. He is joined by cellist Melita Hunsinger and pianist Joanna Goldstein. 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
Singing Is Believing
This ASU vocal music showcase features gospel music, opera selections from Mozart’s The Magic Flute and tunes from Shrek the Musical. 7:30 p.m. $10, adults; free, students. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
The British indie-flavored pop band brings its Wild, Wild World Tour to the Valley. 7:30 p.m. $29.50-$45. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Arizona Wind Symphony
The 95-piece concert band presents That’s Entertainment! 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, arizonawindsymphony.org, 480-350-2822.
This five-piece ensemble is made up of virtuoso performers from the renowned Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. 7:30 p.m. $30-$45. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
April 13, 15
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
The company shares its unique style, athleticism and innovative repertoire. The program includes Silent Ghost by Alejandro Cerrudo, the resident choreographer of Hubbard Street Dance Co. Th, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 8 p.m. $39-$69. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
This high-energy, high-volume swing band is brash and brassy with a modern, retro-cool sound.
F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
Grown & Sexy Weekend
Rhythm-and-blues favorites share the stage, including Musiq Soulchild, Donnell Jones, Avant, Vivian Green and Lyfe Jennings, F; and Tank, Kelly Price, Silk!, Jon B. and Carl Thomas, Sa. 7 p.m. $45-$75, single day; $76.50-$127.50, both days. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
The Bollywood Music Revue
Through a fusion of film, dance and music, Taj Express explodes with the sounds of, capturing the vibrant, expressive spirit of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people in India for generations. 8 p.m. $30-$50. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
April 18 (FREE)
Pan Devils Steel Band
The ASU ensemble presents traditional and contemporary music from the Trinidad area and beyond. 10 a.m. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, asuevents.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.
The bassist expertly blends modern jazz with Latin rhythms, demonstrating why he’s been performing with such greats as Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri and Celia Cruz since he was 14 years old. 7:30 p.m. $20-$50. Alliance Pavilion, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Inspired by National Poetry Month, Center Dance Ensemble shares new works choreographed to the words of America’s great poets. Call for times and ticket prices. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-252-8497.
Paul Taylor Dance
Kinetic, graceful and imaginative, the modern dance troupe remains one of the world’s most highly respected and sought-after ensembles. In more than 60 years of trailblazing choreography, Taylor has created compelling, wordless stories featuring unforgettable characters. 7:30 p.m. $20-$50. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
That Irving Berlin Thing
Scottsdale Musical Theater Co. presents an original cabaret-style revue of one of the most cherished songwriters of the 20th century. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $28-$34. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, scottsdalemusicaltheater.com, 602-909-4215.
The organist performs Bach’s “Clavier-Üburg III,” sometimes referred to as the “German Organ Mass.” 7:30 p.m. $20-$35. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, pinnacleconcerts.org, 480-303-2474.
The Phoenix Symphony
Tito Muñoz conducts the orchestra in Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 – the composer’s final symphony, which is hailed for its majestic scale and songlike melodies. F, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
The Rhythm Tappers
The Broadway jazz class presents A Blast from the Past, which includes a performance to All That Jazz. F-Sa, 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $10. Stardust Theatre, 12702 Stardust Blvd., Sun City West, suncitywest.com, 623-584-6056.
This high-energy program highlights some of the best pieces of the 2016-17 dance season created by ASU faculty, students, alumni and visiting artists. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $8-$16. ASU Paul V. Galvin Playhouse, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, asuevents.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.
Bill Charlap Trio
The Grammy Award-winning pianist shares the stage with drummer Kenny Washington and bassist Peter Washington. 7:30 p.m. $40. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, lakeshoremusic.org, 480-350-2822.
April 23 (FREE)
African Drum Ensemble
Guests enjoy drumming and folklore from Senegal, Mali, Guinea, Ghana and Nigeria. 7:30 p.m. ASU Student Services Lawn, 1151 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asuevents.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.
The Intangible Heritage
MusicaNova hosts this concert in collaboration with student musicians from Tempe high schools, featuring symphonic music inspired by the mariachi heritage. 4 p.m. $15-$20. Central United Methodist Church, 1875 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, musicanovaaz.com, 480-585-4485.
The SCC Jazz Faculty Ensemble takes the stage with Dennis Rowland. 4 p.m. $25. Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 9205 E. Cave Creek Rd., Carefree, ctlcarefree.org, 480-488-2081.
Gaining popularity in the ’70s with such hits as “Dust in the Wind,” “Point of Know Return” and “Carry on Wayward Son,” the band celebrates its first studio album release in 16 years, The Prelude Implicit. 7 p.m. $48-$68. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
The Grammy Award-winning band from the barrios of East Los Angeles combines musical influences from both sides of the border, including Mexican ranchera, cumbia, salsa, rock, rhythm and blues, folk and fusions of international music. 6:30 p.m. $20. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
With a career spanning six decades, the iconic Texan is the creative genius behind classic recordings such as “Crazy,” “Hello Walls,” “On the Road Again” and “Good Hearted Woman.” Steve Moakler opens the show. 7:30 p.m. $67-$127. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
April 27 (FREE)
Stravinsky, Bartók and Beethoven are on the program as the ASU Symphony Orchestra and choirs share the stage for a season-finale concert. 7:30-9 p.m. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.
Formed in 1994 at their high school talent show and finding success on America’s Got Talent in 2009, the band members make music with a gritty assault on buckets, ladders, power tools and anything else they can get their sticks on. 7:30 p.m. $32. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
The international percussion sensation uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps, paint cans – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. The production is staged by Theater League. F, 8 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $40.25-$75.25. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, broadwayorpheum.com, 602-262-7272.
Phoenix Chorale performs audience favorites at this season finale concert. F, American Lutheran Church, 17200 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City; Sa, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix; and Su, Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley. 7:30 p.m. $32, adults; $27, seniors and military; $13, students, phoenixchorale.org, 602-253-2224.
Romeo & Juliet and Petrushka
This Phoenix Symphony concert opens with Tchaikovsky’s fantasy overture for Romeo & Juliet, his popular musical interpretation of the star-crossed lovers. The program also includes Stravinsky’s famous ballet, Petrushka, which captures boisterous scenes from Russian street and theater life. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
Kings of Leon
The Nashville brothers (and one cousin) bring their Walls tour to the Valley, with Deerhunter as special guest. 7 p.m. $29.50-$89.50. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Beauty and the Beast
Ballet Etudes presents this classic tale, which shows that inner beauty is what matters and love can be found. Sa, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 3 p.m. $16-$22. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
AZ Swing Kings Orchestra
The 18-piece big band performs. 3-4:30 p.m. $5. Willowbrook United Methodist Church, 19390 N. 99th Ave., Sun City, azswingkings.com, 623-974-5637.
April 30-May 7
Timeless Tunes and Composers
Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix celebrates great composers, as well as popular songs that have stood the test of time. April 30, 3 p.m., American Lutheran Church, 17200 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City; May 2, 7:30 p.m., Velda Rose United Methodist Church, 5540 E. Main St., Mesa; and May 7, 3 p.m., Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley. $15-$25, orpheus.org, 602-271-9396.